Carly Comando is a 24 year old musician from Brooklyn, New York who
rose to fame along with her then-boyfriend Noah Kalina in 2006 with the
Everyday project. Kalina is a photographer who took a picture of
himself every day for six years (and he's still doing it). He stitched
the thousands of images together to create a 5 minute YouTube video that
became a big hit on the Web. Carly's music, also titled Everyday, is a
solo piano piece that was the music for the video. It was then licensed
by the NBA for it's ubiquitous 2007-8 advertising campaign. It was
heard extensively during the 2008 NBA playoffs.
You are 24 years old and have a solo piano piece that's been
played all over the world and featured in major advertising campaigns.
How does that make you feel?
It makes me feel very weird. When I was a kid, I always
thought it would be cool to write jingles for commercials (like Uncle
Jesse of Full House) and it's what I wanted to do. The fact that
"Everyday" has ended up on 2 well known campaigns without me even trying
is just mind blowing. I feel very proud and lucky.
You give confidence to unknown artists who strive to have their
music heard. In a nutshell, how did it happen that you wrote a piece t
hat was chosen for such a well known advertising campaign?
I wrote "Everyday" for Noah Kalina. At the time we were
dating, and he wanted me to compose a song that would fit his photo
video project. Fast forward to now, his YouTube video has been a viral
hit and because of this, bigger companies have caught wind and realized
the power of music to make a commercial that much better. I didn't try
to get my song out there, the NBA and DEKA (a German bank) found
"Everyday" was performed to fit the length of Kalina's photography
project. Do you have any other arrangements of the song? If not, do you
plan on writing other arrangements?"
I try not to play "Everyday" on the piano that much. It
still amazes me how successful it has been and I just want to leave it
alone. I did write a different version of it, which will be on my
upcoming album "One Take."
Have you written any other solo piano pieces and do you have any
plans for a full length solo piano album?
I do, and it will be out soon.
I'm sure you have heard that the main theme from "Everyday" has
the same chord progression as Philip Glass's Truman Sleeps song from the
film "The Truman Show." Were you aware of that when you wrote it? Do
you like Philip Glass?
I don't even think I had ever seen The Truman Show in
full until after Noah's video came out. A lot of youtube comments were
"this is Philip Glass," etc. I was really confused and stressed out,
because that's the last thing I wanted to hear. So, after someone posted
what song "Everyday" sounded like, Noah and I immediately went to listen
to it. We were shocked. This question has been asked a lot.. and it's
really hard to answer it convincingly, because the 2 songs have a
similar melody line. I wasn't aware of the song "Truman Sleeps" at all,
but they do sound similar. All I can say to that is "Everyday" is my own
piece, written for Noah, in front of Noah. I've had many freakouts
concerning this, because I've had a really hard time answering mean and
rude e-mails that don't care what I have to say, anyway. From what I've
heard, and after finally watching the Truman Show, Philip Glass is a
What are your major influences for your solo piano work?
Whatever happens during my day is an influence for my
solo piano work.
You wrote on your myspace page that you don't sight read well and
you play by ear. How well trained are you in classical piano and music
theory? How many years did you take lessons?
I was trained with Isabelle Eridita in Long Island up
until I hit puberty. I cheated a lot, and she would play me what song I
would be learning and I'd just memorize it right away. I had a really
hard time sitting down and reading music, so I would always just start
writing my own songs at home. I used to play Les Mes for my parents and
other songs that they liked instead of practicing my lessons. I stopped
taking lessons around 14 or 15, and then in college took up music
theory. It was amazing and during that time I taught myself the clarinet
and bass clarinet in concert band. It helped me to re-learn theory and
forced me to read music again. I was a big nerd then, but to be honest,
I've forgotten a lot of the technical lingo now. I have all my books,
You are in a band, Slingshot Dakota. There aren't many bands
these days who feature a keyboardist. Do you miss not having guitar
Not at all. I think that making a huge racket with an
instrument so "classical" is pretty cool. People see me take my keyboard
out at shows and think that we're going to be a quiet boring band, and
then they see us and freak out.
Has your success with "Everyday" had an impact on attendance at
your band's shows?
Somewhat. Slingshot Dakota is an indie band influenced by
punk and hardcore, and we cling to a very special underground scene. A
lot of our shows are in kids houses, community centers and art spaces,
instead of bars. We want our music to be accessible to kids of all ages,
so we avoid big clubs as much as we can. With that said, "everyday" has
become so popular and a lot of people who enjoy that song have never
experienced music outside of a traditional venue. There have been many
times where fans have e-mailed me that they were coming to a show, and
then when that date passes, I get another e-mail saying "I went to the
address of your show but it was a house."
With all your success, does your music now support you financially
or do you have a day job? If the latter, what do you do for your day
I am an amazing waitress at Penelope. You should eat
there! It's like the biggest oasis in New York City, and everyone that I
work with is an aspiring actress, musician, something, wi but it's
something that I like to keep private.
How was "Everyday" recorded? Real piano, if so which one, or
synthesized? Studio or self recorded? If the latter, what equipment
did you use?
It was recorded on a Yamaha p80 (they don't make it
anymore) on Garageband with an iMac. I had no idea what I was doing. My
best friend Phil Douglas then mastered it in his home studio and brought
up the levels. All of my solo work is recorded on my Yamaha p80, because
the piano sounds are the most authentic without having a real piano
There is a lot of reverb in "Everyday" and doesn't sound as bright
and unprocessed as many piano pieces I listen to. Was that
I just worked with what I had. It wasn't
Do you have any plans to come to Boston to perform solo or with
your band? I know a great club that would probably welcome you: have
you hard of "The Middle East" nightclub?
Sure! I'll be around there in the fall.. I played at
Oxfam Cafe at Tufts University in the Spring, and will probably be back
again. I will let you know when we will be around and where!